This Thursday, October 14, people around the world are going to be protesting the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Rallies will be held in front of Embassies and Consulates of the government of Japan in numerous countries on all 6 inhabited continents.
The Cove and the Animal Planet series Blood Dolphins are great sources of information and history on the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. If you haven’t seen those, a summary of the dolphin slaughter and related problems, from Save Lolita, is as follows:
The Japanese government issues 23,000 permits annually to coastal communities to kill dolphins of several species. A few are sold, at great profit, to aquariums and swim-with-dolphins programs around the world. The captive dolphin industry subsidizes the slaughter. The majority of the pod are then slaughtered for meat. But the meat is contaminated with huge amounts of mercury and other pollutants, exceeding the Japanese government’s own health limits. This is a human rights issue as much as an animal welfare issue.
Contact info for the numerous people and organizations arranging demonstrations in different cities around the world is also available at Save Lolita.
Check out the rally locations and get involved if you can, either by joining a rally or starting one of your own.
It really is a shame what we do to other animals in this world.
Photo Credit: ladyLara ( Laura Bâlc ) via flickr